Rivers Alive location change announced

COVINGTON -- The location where volunteers will meet for the Rivers Alive event on Saturday has been changed due to a conflict.

Volunteers will now meet at 9 a.m. in the handicapped parking lot behind the Newton County Administration Building, said Laurie Riley, director of Keep Covington-Newton Beautiful. The parking lot is located on Elm Street across the street from the downtown parking deck. Elm Street is located off U.S. Highway 278 and can be accessed by turning between the new Walgreens and Krystal. Riley said volunteers should park in the parking deck and walk over to the handicapped lot to pick up breakfast and cleanup supplies.

"This change is necessary because of a road race that will be routed around the Square during the same time. Roads around the Square will be closed and volunteers will not be able to access our original meeting location. Signs on barricades will help route everyone to the new location," Riley said.

Following breakfast, groups will then split into teams and go to local streams, lakes and rivers to pick up trash along the banks. They will be assigned to various access points along the Alcovy River, South River, Yellow River, and their tributaries.